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What's on in Canberra this autumn

Updated 24 May 2022

Discover what's new in Canberra

In autumn, experience Australia’s capital with this bucket list of the best activities from seeing Churchill and Sheeran under one roof through to strolling through vistas of autumn leaves and sipping wine at cellar doors.

Article header image by @marischriv.

A family enjoying the lakeside and cycling along a path in autumn.

Stroll through vistas of autumn leaves

Autumn is an extraordinarily beautiful time to visit Canberra, when the stunning cityscape plunges into hues of red, gold, russet, ochre and crimson as the city’s exotic trees transform. Head to the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, the National Carillon, or the National Arboretum Canberra to take in the kaleidoscope of colours first-hand.

A man pouring red wine into a woman's glass as they look out over Lerida Estate Winery.

Linger longer over lunch at one of our wineries

Cooler weather and red wine are a match made in heaven. Enjoy a drop over a long lunch at one of the Canberra wine district’s restaurants. Among the popular spots for a lazy lunch are Contentious Character, Westering at Lake George Winery, Shaw WinesPoachers PantryFour Winds VineyardPialligo EstateLerida Estate, and Tallagandra Hill.

A portrait of ed sheeran

See Churchill and Sheeran under one roof

What do the Beatles, Brontë sisters and Beckham all have in common? Their portraits will appear alongside Dickens’ and Malala’s at the National Portrait Gallery. See famous faces from the 16th century to today at Shakespeare to Winehouse: Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London (12 March – 17 July).

Ed Sheeran, 2016 Colin Davidson. National Portrait Gallery, London. Purchased 2017. © Colin Davidson.

Visitors to Questacon walk across the light tunnel bridge.

Indoor fun for the whole family

Calling all adrenaline seekers to Vertikal Indoor Snow Sports, where you can ski or snowboard year-round. Head to Kingpin next where you’ll be spoiled for choice with laser tag, bowling, arcade games, escape rooms, and an impressive food and drink menu on offer. Watch enthralling live science demonstrations and visit Questacon’s galleries where you can feel the force of an earthquake and watch lightning strike twice.

Two woman looking at a painting

Find hope and inspiration in art

At the National Gallery of Australia, step into the urban and uncanny world of Jeffrey Smart (until 15 May), celebrate Australian women
artists in Know My Name (until 26 June) and learn about how Ceremony (26 March – 31 July), for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, is at the centre of Country, culture and community. 

The plastic tube, 1980. Private collection, courtesy Gallery Sally Dan-Cuthbert © The Estate of Jeffrey Smart.

Soldiers and navy officer standing to attention on the steps at the Memorial.

Pay tribute at a Last Post Ceremony

Every day the Australian War Memorial farewells visitors with the Last Post Ceremony paying tribute to an individual who served our nation. With major building redevelopment works underway, bookings for your visit are now essential and some areas are temporarily closed. Explore the Memorial’s World War I and II exhibitions or hire a headset to see the highlights on a self-guided audio tour.

On Anzac Day (25 April) come together in person and in spirit, to commemorate and reflect upon the service and sacrifice made by Australians in all wars and on operations, and the legacy created by those who landed at Gallipoli and fought for our nation and our values, during the First World War.

Two men in a nature reserve

Explore the great outdoors with the experts

Learn about native animals and the capital’s natural landscape with Canberra Guided Tours. Reconnect with the land and learn about First Nations’ culture with Dhawura Tours. For amazing views of major sights plus the surrounding mountains and rivers from up above jump into a chopper with the Helicopter Corporation.

Haig park village market at Braddon

Stock up on regional produce at our markets

Who doesn’t love a market for tasty treats and people watching? Canberra’s biggest produce market, the Capital Region Farmers Market, is a hive of activity at EPIC each Saturday morning — grab brunch and chat to the producers. Head to Haig Park Village Markets in Braddon on a Sunday for food and gifts, before exploring the Lonsdale Street café and restaurant strip.

Patrons eating burgers

Cheers to a great break in Canberra

Taste award-winning craft beers at Braddon brewpub BentSpoke Brewing Co, which took out top place in the Great Australasian Beer Spectacular 2021. Gin lovers flock to The Canberra Distillery famed for its collaborations and unique flavours. For those who fancy both, head to the Dairy Road precinct where you’ll find Capital Brewing Co neighbouring Big River Distilling Co. Join Dave’s Tours to taste all the capital’s best drinks. 

Autumn trees and buildings from above

See the sights from a hot air balloon

Watch as the pink, purple and gold colour burst of sunrise gently lights up the surrounding mountains, as you float across the capital with Balloon Aloft. Depending on the way the wind takes you, sights include the iconic National Museum of Australia and its looping Uluru line sculpture and the impressive architecture of Australian
Parliament House.

Image by Instagrammer @airballoon0721.

Plan your autumn getaway

The Garden Pavilions

Pialligo Estate Canberra

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Autumn at Tallagandra Hill

Tallagandra Hill

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Price: between $20 and $30
Q Lab

Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre

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Tour group learning about bush tucker with an Aboriginal Guide

Dhawura Tours